>Through investigating the Web, and through blogs made today, I have found that there is no truth to the myth perpetrated by an email. It basically accused ABC Reporter Martha Radditz of fabricating a story about who the troops favored for president and used the name of a respected retired general, MG Buckman, as its author which is not true.
Here’s what I found:
1. Major General Cass Buckman does not have a niece named Katelyn. If he does, she was not involved and nothing said in the article about her hearing Marcha Radditz interview several troops is true.
2. Reporter Radditz did not interview 60 military personnel, with 54 saying they would vote for McCain, and then turn around and put only 5 of them (Democrats all) on her TV report with, reportedly, none of them intending to vote for John McCain. That just did not happen, contrary to the story sent to this blog and published previously. That story has earlier been repudiated and removed from this blog. Radditz told me, Don White, that she covered the trip of Vice President Dick Cheney, not that of John McCain, which was an inaccuracy in the previous story sent around to people in email format.
We have not interviewed General Buckman–and I won’t–but Lewis Perdue received a recorded message from him disavowing any connection to the story. Perdue is a former instructor for 20 years at Cornell University and maintained a blog called “There Will Be Truth,”
As pointed out by reporter Martha Radditz, so many people have called General Buckman to verify he did not author that story that it is not only superfluous but impolite to do it again. I will but quote a reliable source in Mr. Perdue as follows:
Intellius search comes up with a Louis Cass Buckman in Austin, TX, age 75. He’s probably your guy given the birth date and middle initial in his bio. Yahoo! People search provides an address and phone:
10605 SPICEWOOD PKWY
AUSTIN, TX 78750
Public records…give him a call.
July 10, 2008 12:50 PM
(that was the recorded message. I hope no one will call that number and bother the good man again on this embarrassment).
Martha Radditz told me, Don White, that Buckman lived in Austin, TX., but would not or could not give me the phone number.
Lewis Perdue said…
I called and left a message on his answering machine about an hour ago.
July 11, 2008 11:20 AM
Lewis Perdue said…
Since I can’t write new posts on this blog, I’ve posted the new info about General Buckman here:
Major General Buckman: “Did Not Author That Email”
July 14th, 2008
On July 7, I wrote a post, Major General Buckman, Urban Legend describing an email bearing his name that concerned Iraq news coverage by ABC News Correspondent Martha Raddatz.
As I stated in that earlier post, I felt the email in question had the signs of an urban legend.
I called Maj. General Louis C. Buckman on July 11 and left a message on his home answering machine.
He returned my call today when I was on another line. His message was short and to the point: “I did not author that email … absolutely not.”
The email is, in essence, a forgery, disinformation designed to discredit Martha Raddatz.
The truth is now clear.
I hope the record on this unfortunate story is closed.